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From the Ted Talk by William McDonough: Cradle to cradle design

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now most environmentalists don't say growth is good, because, in our lexicon, asphalt is two words: assigning blame. But if we look at asphalt as our growth, then we realize that all we're doing is destroying the planetary's fundamental uynnelrdig operating system. So when we see E equals mc sarqued come along, from a poet's perspective, we see energy as physics, chemistry as mass, and all of a sudden, you get this biology. And we have plenty of enregy, so we'll solve that problem, but the biology problem's tcrkiy, because as we put through all these toxic mialtreas that we droisgge, we will never be able to reevocr that. And as Francis Crick peintod out, nine yaers after discovering DNA with Mr. Watson, that life itself has to have growth as a precondition — it has to have free energy, sliugnht and it needs to be an open setysm of chemicals. So we're asking for human artifice to become a living thing, and we want growth, we want free energy from sunlight and we want an open metabolism for chemicals. Then, the question becomes not growth or no growth, but what do you want to grow? So instead of just growing destruction, we want to grow the things that we might enjoy, and someday the FDA will allow us to make French cheese.

Open Cloze

Now most environmentalists don't say growth is good, because, in our lexicon, asphalt is two words: assigning blame. But if we look at asphalt as our growth, then we realize that all we're doing is destroying the planetary's fundamental __________ operating system. So when we see E equals mc _______ come along, from a poet's perspective, we see energy as physics, chemistry as mass, and all of a sudden, you get this biology. And we have plenty of ______, so we'll solve that problem, but the biology problem's ______, because as we put through all these toxic _________ that we ________, we will never be able to _______ that. And as Francis Crick _______ out, nine _____ after discovering DNA with Mr. Watson, that life itself has to have growth as a precondition — it has to have free energy, ________ and it needs to be an open ______ of chemicals. So we're asking for human artifice to become a living thing, and we want growth, we want free energy from sunlight and we want an open metabolism for chemicals. Then, the question becomes not growth or no growth, but what do you want to grow? So instead of just growing destruction, we want to grow the things that we might enjoy, and someday the FDA will allow us to make French cheese.

Solution

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  2. materials
  3. underlying
  4. disgorge
  5. recover
  6. years
  7. sunlight
  8. tricky
  9. squared
  10. system
  11. energy

Original Text

Now most environmentalists don't say growth is good, because, in our lexicon, asphalt is two words: assigning blame. But if we look at asphalt as our growth, then we realize that all we're doing is destroying the planetary's fundamental underlying operating system. So when we see E equals mc squared come along, from a poet's perspective, we see energy as physics, chemistry as mass, and all of a sudden, you get this biology. And we have plenty of energy, so we'll solve that problem, but the biology problem's tricky, because as we put through all these toxic materials that we disgorge, we will never be able to recover that. And as Francis Crick pointed out, nine years after discovering DNA with Mr. Watson, that life itself has to have growth as a precondition — it has to have free energy, sunlight and it needs to be an open system of chemicals. So we're asking for human artifice to become a living thing, and we want growth, we want free energy from sunlight and we want an open metabolism for chemicals. Then, the question becomes not growth or no growth, but what do you want to grow? So instead of just growing destruction, we want to grow the things that we might enjoy, and someday the FDA will allow us to make French cheese.

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